4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route

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Alpine Panorama Route

Stage 1, St. Margrethen–Appenzell

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Alpine Panorama Route

Uphill and down dale in rolling Appenzell, where it’s said that «every second house is a tavern». Friendly farming country with its own character, a finely structured landscape at the foot of the Säntis, marked by a quaint dialect and a dry wit.
Don’t let the flat approach to this first stage of the Alpenpanorama Route fool you, because between St. Margrethen and Appenzell you will climb more than 1100 m in altitude. A quick look at the Rhine and you’re off, up into the vineyards. The view from “Monsteiner Rebweg” across the St. Gallen Rhine Valley and the Alpine mountain range is awesome and one you will see a few more times on this bike tour. The name of many of the hotels, gas stations, restaurants and pubs you are passing has something to do with Alpstein or Säntis. From the peak of Mt. Säntis you can see all five of Switzerland’s neighbouring countries. The view from the saddle is a bit more limited, but in Heiden, directly on the bike route, you will find the simple but interesting Henri-Dunant Museum. Dunant (1828-1910), initiator and founder of the Red Cross, was born in Geneva and spent the last twenty years of his life in Heiden.

The route continues up and down along major roads without much traffic, which gives you the opportunity to watch the mountain farmers bringing in the hay. You will cross the Goldach River just before reaching Trogen. On its way to Lake Constance, the small, but turbulent river hides in deep ravines and forests. The gigantic trees of Trogen, on the other hand, have no reason to hide. “Wine merchant and local councillor Johann Jakob Sturzenegger had the trees planted to recognize historical world events” is what the information panel says. In the second half of the 19th century some villages in the Appenzell region planted more of these Sequoias. Thinking of Trogen will undoubtedly bring the Pestalozzi Children’s Village to mind. The international children’s fund was established in 1946. It is a place of peace building, a place where children learn to deal with cultural and social differences.

In rolling Appenzell you feel free as a bird. After the initial bewilderment, you soon learn to understand the infatuation with Säntis and Alpstein. Inevitably, the down-to-earth landscape will make you feel safe and as if you belong. The home stretch passes the Brauquöll Appenzell brewery, crosses the Sitter River and finally ends in the lovely town of Appenzell with its colourful, elaborately decorated houses.
Uphill and down dale in rolling Appenzell, where it’s said that «every second house is a tavern». Friendly farming country with its own character, a finely structured landscape at the foot of the Säntis, marked by a quaint dialect and a dry wit.
Don’t let the flat approach to this first stage of the Alpenpanorama Route fool you, because between St. Margrethen and Appenzell you will climb more than 1100 m in altitude. A quick look at the Rhine and you’re off, up into the vineyards. The view from “Monsteiner Rebweg” across the St. Gallen Rhine Valley and the Alpine mountain range is awesome and one you will see a few more times on this bike tour. The name of many of the hotels, gas stations, restaurants and pubs you are passing has something to do with Alpstein or Säntis. From the peak of Mt. Säntis you can see all five of Switzerland’s neighbouring countries. The view from the saddle is a bit more limited, but in Heiden, directly on the bike route, you will find the simple but interesting Henri-Dunant Museum. Dunant (1828-1910), initiator and founder of the Red Cross, was born in Geneva and spent the last twenty years of his life in Heiden.

The route continues up and down along major roads without much traffic, which gives you the opportunity to watch the mountain farmers bringing in the hay. You will cross the Goldach River just before reaching Trogen. On its way to Lake Constance, the small, but turbulent river hides in deep ravines and forests. The gigantic trees of Trogen, on the other hand, have no reason to hide. “Wine merchant and local councillor Johann Jakob Sturzenegger had the trees planted to recognize historical world events” is what the information panel says. In the second half of the 19th century some villages in the Appenzell region planted more of these Sequoias. Thinking of Trogen will undoubtedly bring the Pestalozzi Children’s Village to mind. The international children’s fund was established in 1946. It is a place of peace building, a place where children learn to deal with cultural and social differences.

In rolling Appenzell you feel free as a bird. After the initial bewilderment, you soon learn to understand the infatuation with Säntis and Alpstein. Inevitably, the down-to-earth landscape will make you feel safe and as if you belong. The home stretch passes the Brauquöll Appenzell brewery, crosses the Sitter River and finally ends in the lovely town of Appenzell with its colourful, elaborately decorated houses.
46 km
Asphalted: 46 km
Natural surface: 0 km
1150 m | 760 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St. Margrethen
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Ascent Heiden
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Ascent Heiden
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Rorschach–Heiden
Reason: ascent from Rorschach to Route 4 or 42, metres in height saved approx. 390m.
Cycle transport: from 10 Persons reservations at tel. 071 891 18 52.
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Arrival / return travel Appenzell
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Paul’s
Hotel Paul’s
Widnau
B&B Das Gasthaus
B&B Das Gasthaus
Rheineck
Eggen-Hof
Eggen-Hof
Walzenhausen
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Rorschacherberg
Seminar- und Ferienhaus Lindenbühl
Seminar- und Ferienhaus Lindenbühl
Trogen
Hof Hohenwiesen
Hof Hohenwiesen
St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
St. Gallen
BnB Oberdorf 9
BnB Oberdorf 9
Bühler
Hotel Linde
Hotel Linde
Teufen AR
Hof Fendrig
Hof Fendrig
Haslen
Am Brunnen B&B
Am Brunnen B&B
Stein AR
Strohgade
Strohgade
Appenzell
Café-Hotel Appenzell
Café-Hotel Appenzell
Appenzell
Hotel Café Adler
Hotel Café Adler
Appenzell
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Bookable offers

4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route
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Places

St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
Rheineck
Rheineck
Heiden
Heiden
Trogen
Trogen
St. Gallen
St. Gallen
Stein AR
Stein AR
Appenzell
Appenzell
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Places of interest

Heldsberg fortress museum
Heldsberg fortress museum
Henry Dunant Museum
Henry Dunant Museum
Abbey District of St.Gallen
Abbey District of St.Gallen
City Lounge
City Lounge
Textile Museum
Textile Museum
The A.Vogel Show Garden at Teufen
The A.Vogel Show Garden at Teufen
Appenzell tourist cheese factory
Appenzell tourist cheese factory
Visitor Centre «Brauquöll Appenzell»
Visitor Centre «Brauquöll Appenzell»
Main street Appenzell
Main street Appenzell
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Swimming

Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Outdoor swimming pool Heiden
Outdoor swimming pool Heiden
Unterrechstein spa Heiden
Unterrechstein spa Heiden
Drei Weieren St. Gallen
Drei Weieren St. Gallen
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